March AND April Monthly activities

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I am just so far behind!! So today I’m going to post both March and April activities, so I’ll be ahead for a change.

March Activities

March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ birthday
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
March 20, 2014 – Spring begins

Study Dr. Seuss’ life
Read Dr. Seuss books – especially “Hurrah for Diffendoffer Day”, Dr. Seuss’ last book.
Eat green eggs and ham

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Make Truffula Trees pencils – The Country Chic Cottage has over 40 crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss.

Study the life of St. Patrick and Ireland
Sing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” or listen to it.

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Make a Luck of the Irish mobile

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Make Rainbow Pudding Treats – Recipe

Mom It Forward has 16 St. Patrick’s Day crafts

**Make toothpick and tissue paper mini-kites for the Season’s Tree.

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Make a sled kite.

Make wind chimes. Remember March is the windy month.

March 1st – Iditarod Race begins
National Peanut Butter Lovers Day
National Pig Day

March 2nd – Read Across America Day

March 3rd – National Anthem Day
Mardi Gras

March 4th – First meeting of Congress (1789)

March 5th – Boston Massacre (1770)

For more daily events go to The Teachers Corner

April Monthly Activities

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”

**Make mini umbrellas for the Season’s tree

April 13 – Palm Sunday
April 15 – Full Moon
April 20 – Easter
April 22 – Earth Day
April 25 – Arbor Day

Sing, sing, sing – “Rain, Rain, Go Away”, “Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head”, Though April Showers May Come Your Way”, and “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring”.

Make a Rainy Day Can of activities – Write on separate cards some activities that would be fun and entertaining on a rainy day. Decorate the can with raindrops and umbrellas.

Write a poem about rain

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Study ocean creatures and make paper plate creatures.

Study the phases of the moon. For a month starting April 15 make a Moon Phase journal. To make the journal, 1)cut blank typing paper in half, 2)stack, 3)get one piece of construction paper and fold over stacked sheets, 4)staple together.

Every night for a month, go outside before bedtime and look at the moon. Record the date, time and what you see. Allow your child to draw the moon that he/she sees. At the end of the month, you should see all the phases of the moon. If it is cloudy and you cannot see the moon, record that in your journal.

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Study the phases of the moon. Go to DLTK Teach for directions.

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Make an edible moon phase craft.

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Make your own Resurrection Eggs – At Life Your Way, she shows you how and you can download a booklet as well.

April 1st – April Fool’s Day
One Cent Day

April 2nd – Author Hans Christian Andersen born, 1805
International Children’s Book Day

April 3rd – First Documented Ice Cream Sundae Made in 1892
Find-A-Rainbow Day
Pony Express established (1860)
First iPad sold in the U.S. (2010)

For more daily events go to The Teachers Corner

I hope you enjoy the monthly activities. If you are making your own Season’s Tree, I would love to see pictures.

Blessings!

February Activities

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Activities for February. I’m sorry I’m so late getting this done. I will be posting the March activities early, I promise.

Make a cherry pie.
Make stuffed fabric hearts.
Make a heart shaped cake.
Read I Cor. 13.
Find love passages and make small posters, laminate if possible
Study the lives of Presidents Washington and Lincoln.
Make sillouettes of them using the penny and dollar as models.

Season’s Tree – Make small red hearts glued to dollies.

Feb. 2nd is Ground Hog Day – Here is a webpage with many, many Ground Hog Day activities: The Teacher’s Corner

Feb. 4th is Rosa Parks birthday – Read about this brave lady.

In 1894 on Feb. 9th Hershey’s chocolate was founded. Make a scrumptious chocolate desert for dinner tonight.

Feb. 10th is Umbrella Day – Make a Spring Rain picture.
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Feb. 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Do at least one act of kindness today for a stranger. Suggestions: pay for someone’s meal at a fast food restaurant, take a shut-in a meal or a Get Well card., help an older individual put groceries in their car.

Feb. 20th – John Glenn Orbits Earth in 1962 (in the Friendship 7 space capsule. He was the first person to orbit the Earth). Read about this exciting historic space adventure.

Feb. 25 is Quiet Day – play the quiet game. Winner gets a prize.

Feb. 27th is International Polar Bear day – Make a Safety Pin polar bear. Here is a pattern, just change the brown with white.
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For step by step instructions you can go to: Family Crafts

Feb. 27th is also Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday. Read a couple of his poems.

I hope you enjoy the February activities. We have had a wonderful time with this project.

Weekly Wrap-Up – Dec. 6, 2013

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Ok this week we have been busy, busy. We had a LeBonheur visit and the AFA packing party, so its been crazy.

English – She is in the middle of PACE 1066 and is doing pretty good. We are diagramming adjectives, adverbs, and direct objects.

Reading – She has finished “The Spy” and is now reading “The Bronze Bow”.

Writing – Abby did very good on her descriptive paragraph. For the next couple of weeks and into January, I will be allowing her to concentrate on her video project. So no separate writing.

Math – We are continuing to work on pre-algebra, fractions and decimals. This week we’ve been working on coordinate plane and some geometry. We are doing perimeter, area and area of a triangle.

History – I’m hoping we will be finished with Ancient Rome before Christmas.

Science – We haven’t done much science this week.

Project – I have assigned a video project for her to complete by the end of January. The assignment is to make a video about how people in our area view homeschooling. She is also going to do a section on “the truth of homeschooling” where she will interview some homeschooling families.

That was our week. I’d love to hear about yours. Put your blog address in the comments.

Thanks and have a blessed week!

Our Homeschool Weekly Wrap-up

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This week has been a slow week for us because of illness, but I wanted to get back in the habit of doing a wrap-up.  So here I go:

Grammar – We finished PACE 1066 and she has started 1067.  We are working on adjectives and adverbs again.  This time around it seems to be easier.

Reading – In reading Abby is reading “The Spy”.  It is a little harder book, so I’m allowing her to listen to an audio version, which she of course loves.  She does have to read a chapter review and answer comprehension questions.

Writing – This week Abby is working on a descriptive essay.  She had to pick something to describe and is now going through the essay paragraph by paragraph.

Spelling – Our spelling list this week is contractions, academic words, and two sight words.

Math – We have been working on pre-algebra, fractions and decimals.  Today we did stem and leaf plots and Box and Whisker.  This was a little tedious, but it is necessary.

History – This week we started studying Ancient Rome.  We are studying architecture, battles, religion and much more.

Science – We have finishing up our study of “flying things” in the next two weeks.  This week we have been studying for chapter 10 test.

Well that’s it!!

Webcasts question??

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I would like to know if there is anyone that would be interested in me doing webcasts again?  I loved doing the webcasts and would love to continue to do them.  But I need to know I have some interest.  SO please let me know if you if this interests you.

My topics are usually about lapbooking, creative teaching techniques, reading comprehension and fluency.  I have done webcasts about finding curriculum, using the interenet in your classroom and much more.

Please message me here or email me at rcstanley@ms.metrocast.net

Thanks,

Colette

We have started school!!

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I’m back!!  I’ve been so busy this summer working and just going.  But we have started school, so I’m back at home.  We have had a great first couple of days.  I’ve gotten most everything going.  We still have a lot of work to do on the schoolroom.  Abby has a nice desk, but I don’t have a desk yet.  I’m hoping to have one soon.  Most of our schoolroom is still in boxes from the move.  So I will be working on those in the coming weeks.

Our Curriculum this year:

English – We will still be using PACES.

Writing – I’m doing my own thing plus using some Writing Strands.  I will be giving her writing topics and then we will work through the writing process.  I’ll write a post about our plan for this soon.

Reading – I’m using a couple of “Book Links” from BJU Press and then picking books and just reading.  I will be doing “mini units” with each book.

Spelling – I have lists I pulled from the internet and a weekly plan.  Monday – write the words in agenda and 3x each. Tuesday – ABC order.  Wednesday – pre-test and write 3 – 5 sentences using all the words.  Thursday – study.  Friday – Quiz.  I do 15 words per week.

Math – We have some review to do and then we will begin Saxon 65.

History – Mystery of History and using The Story of the World to enhance.

Science – We are finishing the science we started last year and then starting “Apologia-Flying Things”.

We will also be doing some additional unit studies and Art Studies.

So I’d love to hear how everyone else is doing with their beginning or when you will be beginning.

Until next time!

Webcast – Summer Field Trips

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Today we will be discussing Field Trips.  The summertime is a great time to go and do some field trips that you might not have had time to do during the school year or because of weather.  So start thinking, where would you just love to take your children.

For me, and it might just be the teacher coming out in me, but I always like to have an educational reason for my field trips.  I also like to do as much documenting as I can so I can count the trip as part of our school.  Here in MS, our home school laws are pretty lienent, but I know that in some of the other states the laws are much more rigid and you will need to be careful how you document you home school.  So start now and always keep the habit of documenting your field trips.  One way to do this is to keep a journal.  I have one just for field trips.  I include dates, times, destinations, related subjects, any work perform, and pictures.  Pictures are something that I feel gives legitimacy to your field trip.  Also if you keep a lesson plan book, make sure you document the field trip in your lesson plan.

I have two Field Trip checklists that are available.  I have changed them to accommodate homeschoolers.  Both are checklists to help you, as the field trip coordinator,  make sure not to forget anything important.  But if you think of something else that needs to go on my checklist, please let me know.

Now let’s discuss the actual field trips.  There are so many places that you can take your child and make a learning experience out of it.  So let’s start by making a list.  When you are making your list think in terms of subjects or local attractions.  Subjects would be science, history, geography, geology, etc.  Local attractions would be something like Elvis’ birthplace.  Which is where we live.  We also have furniture factories, a buffalo park/zoo and a new Toyota plant.  Think also of people you know.  Do you know anyone that owns a business that might make a good field trip.  We know a couple that have retired and have opened a pottery place.  You can go there and make your own pottery from start to finish. Things like that make great field trips.

History places are wonderful as well and during the Summer many places have days dedicated to children.  Here in North MS, we have many Civil War sites and monuments.  This Friday one of those places are having a Kids’ Discovery Day.  It’s free, but also very educational.  The best way to find these things out is to just call.  But also look in your newspaper.  One new way that I have found is Facebook.  I just found a Facebook group that is dedicated to keeping families informed about things going on in our area.  I’m not sure how you would find these kinds of groups, but it can’t hurt to search.

But even if there is no kid’s day, you can still have a great field trip.  One of the first things I like to do when we visit a history site is to read about it.  I’ve found that our local libraries do a great job of having books on places in our state.  So go and see what you can find at the library.  Also the historical place itself will have literature that tells all about its History.

Another great idea is to do a couple of lessons on the site before visiting.  This seems to make a huge difference in the children and what they learn.  Some suggestions are:

Salt maps

Reenactments

Flags

Mini-books/lapbook components

Make weapons or tools used during that time period.

And of course read books

Another thing I have learned through the years is that inviting other families can make an ordinary field trip, Great!  So if you are a member of a home school group, you might put in the newsletter that you are planning this trip.  If not you might just invite some friends to go with you.  The checklists that I have available take into account others going on the field trip with you.

So let’s look at the checklists.  And remember if you have any suggestions to be added to the checklist, just let me know.

I have a lesson plan full of activities for Summer Science Fun that is available.  It is for sale for $3.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this, just email me or leave a message on my blog.  I use paypal and I’ll give you the information to send the money and then I’ll email you the file.  These lesson plans include things like taking a Nature Scavenger Hunt, making a “Soda Bottle Terrarium”, studying about clouds and making a cloud in a bottle, and much, much more.

While looking for the field trip file I had saved, I found another great resource I had saved sometime in the past.  It is called “Field Trip Notebook Pages”.  It can be found at http://www.thetravelingpraters.com/ .  It looks like a great resource to journal your adventures during the Summer.

I’d like to invite everyone to the upcoming webcasts on The Homeschool Channel .  Today, June 6, 2012, there will a webcast titled “Fun Summer Activities for Homeschoolers” hosted by Susan Evans.  Tomorrow, June 7, 2012, The Justice Family will be hosting “Awesome Science”.  Both webcast begin at 3:30pm Central time.  So come on over and find out about some great Summer fun for your family.

Ok that is about all our time, so I’ll see you next week.

Webcast Schedule

June 12th – Lapbooking your Summer

June 19th – Making books

June 26th – File Folder Reports

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